I keep having this thought and I just need to jot it down and get it out of my head. I keep thinking about Kitty Pryde being a product of a divorce. I also keep thinking about Kitty Pryde’s creation.
As we all know John Byrne created, for the most part, Kitty Pryde. Then Claremont either scaled back some decisions or fleshed out ideas.
So which one is the mother of Kitty Pryde?
I’ve also been trying to take more credit in the ‘creation’ of my son with my wife. Which is really where all of this comes from.
Without my involvement, the boy isn’t born. There I said it. Now, I fully understand that she did all of the extremely hard work and sacrifice that came after me doing my tiny portion. Tiny but super important, least we forget.
So here’s the thing. Did John Byrne give the concept to Claremont to nurture and then left; abandoning Claremont after a year or so to raise Kitty all by himself (and of course with the help of other artists such as Cockrum, Smith and Romita Jr.).
Thus, Byrne’s seed to Claremont’s egg – making Byrne the dead beat father in this scenario. Which he might be, as he never really came back to the character.
Or did Byrne do all of the hard work and Claremont did the quick job of approving the majority of the character and then got the opportunity to raise her as he would have intended. Thus, he is the father that stuck around after the mother … I don’t know, this side of the scenario I clearly haven’t given as much thought as the first one. Let’s say the mother died, somehow, but not horribly tragic (sure?) and Claremont had to raise Kitty the best he could.
Ooof, I was hoping to make one a positive for Claremont and one positive for Byrne but Byrne not coming back hurts him as Claremont has come back for Kitty on several different occasions – Excalibur (where he never really left her, just moved her from X-Men to England) then came back for Mekanix, X-Men 100, his brief return to the Wolverine title, portions of X-Treme X-Men and X-Men Forever.
Also, both of them are pretty father centric, but I suppose that’s just my world view at this time.
If I thought about it more, I should figure out a way to work Terry Austin into the mix.
This must be the article I read that has been bouncing around in my head.
So Byrne came up with the name, her age, her appearance, the concept that she should be young and a student. Claremont changed her original power so that she was the one who phased as well as making her a genius.
I don’t believe that changes anything I originally thought, I think my super awkward metaphor still exists.
I’m more leaning towards Byrne is the father of Kitty Pryde and Claremont is the mother as that seems like how babies are actually made and the other scenario doesn’t quite work for me.